Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rampage make strong comeback, but drop first loss of the season over the weekend in Terrace

The first road trip of the 2014-15 season ended on the wrong side of the score board for the Prince Rupert Rampage as they dropped a 6-4 decision to the Terrace River Kings on Saturday night.

Terrace, has been flying out of the gate so far this year, with convincing victories over Kitimat and Smithers in week one, adding to their undefeated status with the win on Saturday.

The game seemed to get away from the visiting Rampage from the midway point of the first period as the River Kings rattled off three goals in less than seven minutes, taking a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.

Penalties and message sending taking up the bulk of the twenty minutes with a major scrap at the fifteen minute mark sending Jordan Aubee out of the game with a Game Misconduct as part of the mayhem.

A bit of push back from the Rampage came at the 2 minute mark of the second when Jared Meers put the visitors on the scoreboard, however, the River Kings responded nine minutes later to keep their three goal lead intact into the third.

Period three however was for the most part all Rampage, as the Prince Rupert squad started to claw back some of the goal differential first on a Kory Movald goal at 2:39 of the third,  a goal quickly answered by Terrace one minute later.

A pair of Rampage goals through the midway point of period three made things interesting, with Craig Munro picking up two goals in the final frame, one on the power play to narrow the gap between the visitors and home side.

With goaltender Devin Gerrits pulled for the extra attacker in the final minute the Rampage put the pressure on Terrace, but there would be no comeback on Saturday, as the River Kings secured their win with an insurance marker into the empty net at 19:31.

The final goal making the final on the night Terrace 6, Prince Rupert 4.

The third period comeback perhaps a moral victory for the Rampage who showed no back down through the three periods and but for a few bounces very well may have provided for the end to the Terrace winning streak in the early season going.

Shots on the night favoured the River Kings who fired 48 at Gerrits, while the Terrace goaltender Patrick Leal only faced 28 shots on the night.

Despite the first period fighting, penalties on the night were fairly light with Prince Rupert assessed 18 minutes on 8 infractions, while Terrace players sat in the penalty box for 15 minutes on eight infractions.

625 took in the game at the Terrace Ice Arena.

You can review the full scoresheet from Saturday here

The Rampage next see action on the weekend with a pair of games, as the Cariboo teams make the long trek to the west coast.

Williams Lake opens the weekend home stand for the Rampage with a Saturday night appearance at the Jim, Sunday afternoon the Quesnel Kangaroos wrap up their trip the Northwest with a 1 PM puck drop.

You can find more the Rampage and the CIHL from our archive pages here and here.

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